MARIA SANSALONE (that would be ME) is a 2013 graduate of the Master of Arts program in Oral Traditions, from The Graduate Institute, in Bethany, CT. She holds (as do I) a Bachelor of Arts in English from American International College, and an Associate in Science degree from Holyoke Community College.
She has (I have) worked in the past in hospital settings in the area of health information management, and for the last twenty-three years, as the associate editor primarily responsible for Cross-reference for Merriam-Webster Inc.--the dictionary and reference publishers, based in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is (and I am) the parent co-author who gathered and edited over 100 family experiences and stories for "Childhood Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors," 2000 CR, by O'Reilly publishing.
Most recently, MARIA devoted her time in the Oral Traditions program at The Graduate Institute to researching and writing fantasy and folklore for children.
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- A Halo Too Deep (a flash fiction story)
on Oct. 01, 2013
Graceful writing and a solid read for any age. I thoroughly enjoyed it---and I promise never to follow any beautiful woman beyond the buoys.
- The Land of Miu
on Oct. 30, 2013
I feel so fortunate to have found "The Land of Miu" by Karen Lee Field! Out of all the books I've come across for middle grade/YA/young people, this story is the first I've read that considers the real possibility of "How does a young person learn to trust and love a stepfather, even a good one?" I love geology, I include geoscience in my own stories, so a world built out of ancient caverns and fire wells is awesomely fascinating to me! Thanks and well done.
- Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy #1)
on Dec. 01, 2013
I think this book is as close to perfection as you can get for the first of a YA trilogy. It has suspense and intrigue and secrets the military doesn't want the world to know built around a world full of extraordinary beings. Jackers should rule readers---instead, they're hunted to extinction and for illegal experimentation. Kira is a perfectly imperfect "zero" to hero with swoon-worthy male counterparts.